Brampton - It’s a ‘first’ for the Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and
Archives (PAMA). WANTED: A Full-time Job with Benefits / Stable Jobs = Stable
s is an exhibition with a strong social message and features
photographs and personal stories shared by individuals and families from Peel
who are struggling to make ends meet. The temporary exhibition runs September
14 – October 27, 2013.
The inspiration for this exhibition were the photographs and
stories told by Peel residents who participated in PhotoVoice, part of an on-going
research study, covering the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, called Poverty
and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO). The study explores how
unstable poorly paid or precarious employment is changing key social relations;
and the potential impacts on neighbourhoods. The local research for this study
is supported by the Region of Peel and United Way of Peel.
“We are a forum for discussion about the issues that affect
our communities,” explains Marty Brent, Acting Manager for PAMA. “This
exhibition brings first-hand realities of precarious employment into focus, and
makes us think, examine issues, and consider what we, as individuals, can do to
employment is increasing. Only 60% of GTA workers today have stable, secure
employment is not an isolated issue.
· Today, few
people can expect to work for a single employer for their entire career, as
they did 50 years ago.
“This exhibition has something for everyone. It resonates
with people who are not employed full-time, or may earn a low wage. It provides
employers and business owners with insights into the lives of those they
employ,” says Brent. “Most of all, it offers families an opportunity to openly
discuss a modern reality that is found in every community today, and together
determine how they can make Peel Region liveable for all residents.”
Findings from the PEPSO study will help to inform advocacy
and public policy efforts by community organizations, advocacy networks, and
multi-sector committees such as the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy.